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How Does the Examen Work?

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How Does the Examen Work?
The Ignatian examen is a way of prayerfully reviewing your day in the presence of God. It’s actually an attitude more than a method. It’s a time set aside for thankful reflection and for connecting your everyday life back to God.There are five steps to the Ignatian examen, which only take about ten minutes to complete. It’s a simple way to see what worked and what didn’t in the day that’s behind you, and prepare for the day to come.God bless you! Ask God for light. ...
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10 Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Death
Loss. No one wants to think about it. When a loved one dies, we can rejoice that they are safe with our Father in heaven; but—humanity being essentially self-centered—our first thought is generally about how we feel. Our loss. Our grief. Our loneliness.And if that’s true for adults, it’s particularly true for children.In fact, grief is far more difficult for children to navigate than it is for adults. There are a lot of reasons for this. Preschool children generally perce...
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A Colorful Way to Listen to Jesus

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A Colorful Way to Listen to Jesus
Slow down. Take a deep breath. Still your mind. It’s good advice for anyone who wants to feel calmer in the midst of what often feels like the frenetic pace of life; but saying it, and doing it, are often two different things!As Catholics, we know that God is often found in that “still, small voice” that’s generally hard to listen for—unless we’re deliberate about making the time and space to really try and hear it. But when you set aside time to meditate, exa...
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Continuing the Conversation: What Time Is It?
Time. Einstein tells us that it’s relative, and most of us would agree. There’s never enough time for you to enjoy all the things you want to do; but when you’re engaged with something you don’t like doing, time appears to stand still!Most of us have become accustomed to perceiving time the way we perceive history, as something linear that has a beginning, a middle, and—eventually—an end. Essentially it’s looking at events as being related to each other ...
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Does God Really Want Us To Reject Material Things?
If you’re like me, you have a struggle every morning: do I dare read the news today? What new calamity is going to befall us? In what new ways will people hurt each other? How can I stay centered when the world around me is so off-center?Part of me just wants to turn my back on all of it. Stay off the internet, not put on NPR when I’m driving somewhere, ignore what’s on TV. With the exception of the sporadic “human interest” stories that local stations put into thei...
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3 Tips for Couples Growing in Prayer Together
As Catholic Christians, we know that prayer is vital to keeping our soul in good health, cultivating virtue, and growing in intimacy with God. If prayer is an important element of your life, then you most likely have a desire to share it with your spouse. Sometimes this can be an awkward feat, though, since we all have different personalities and preferences in types of prayer, or especially because we may have never seen a prayer life modeled or talked about by a married couple. Hopefully shari...
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Life is guided from the light coming from eternity
Anyone who tries to read the Hebrew Scriptures, what Christians call the Old Testament, discovers from page one that conflict, greed, jealousy, and violence begin to spill like an ugly ink that flows from the human heart into the larger societies in which we live. At the same time individuals are lifted up that make us say: “Wow!” They live in the midst of the same world as we, but, as Jesus said, without being of the world.In the 8th century BC, comes the story we read in the book o...
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Prayer for America

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Prayer for America
Blessed Lord, whose love knows no national boundaryWe pray to you today for our nation:Help us to celebrate what is good and strong and justHelp us to reject what is divisive and unfair.Give us the understanding that everything about America—Its land, its people, its history, its futureAre all treasures to be loved,Not belongings to be hoarded.Blessed Lord, whose love transcends time and spaceWe pray to you today for our nation:For our cities that teem with movement and lifeFor our fields ...
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Prayer for America

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Prayer for America
Blessed Lord, whose love knows no national boundaryWe pray to you today for our nation:Help us to celebrate what is good and strong and justHelp us to reject what is divisive and unfair.Give us the understanding that everything about America—Its land, its people, its history, its futureAre all treasures to be loved,Not belongings to be hoarded.Blessed Lord, whose love transcends time and spaceWe pray to you today for our nation:For our cities that teem with movement and lifeFor our fields ...
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Re-Dedicate Yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus!
The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. And yet to many people, the devotion seems odd. We worship Christ who was resurrected from the dead, and yet we have a special devotion to his… heart?Humanity has always associated the heart with love. It is the life-force of the body; when the heart stops beating, life ends. So it’s not surprising that as devotion to the Incarnated Christ increased in the Church, people experienced his love for them through his heart.General devot...
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